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'Special people' have breakfast with students at Lincoln

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More than 400 people, including students and "special persons," attended the Special Persons Breakfast on Nov. 15 at Lincoln Elementary School. Children in grades K-5 could each invited up to four "special people" to come. Submitted photo.
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Special people stopped at Lincoln Elementary School early Friday, Nov. 15, to have a quick breakfast with students in grades K-5.

Those “special people” were invited by the children to come, said Sherry Schmidt, principal.

“We filled that gym, we served over 400 people,” she said. “It was absolutely fantastic to watch our whole Lincoln family come together and celebrate our kids.”

The Special Persons Breakfast has been held at the school for more than 10 years, she said.

“We do it every year, it’s an annual event, and we tell kids they can invite up to four special people ... to the breakfast,” she said.

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She said it’s important to invite “special persons,” because not all children have a mom or a dad who can come.

“We see grandparents, older siblings, moms, dads, stepmoms” and stepdads, she said. The PTA helps with the event, where muffins, fruit, juice and coffee are served.

“This year we added a photo booth where kids could take pictures with their special person, kind of as a PTA fundraiser, so they got to take pictures and take them home with them, so that turned out really nice,” Schmidt said.

The event ran from 7:45 to 8:20 a.m.

“We opened up our doors 15 minutes early and just allowed people to come in so they could come in before work if they could or be a little bit late for work … we kept that gym full the whole time. It was great,” she said.

Children who didn’t have a “special person” to come that day weren’t left out, Schmidt said.

“We will feed kids even if they weren’t able to bring somebody special, and then that’s where some of my staff will come and sit with those kids,” she said. “So like in the event it didn’t work for somebody to come then our staff will sit with some of those kids so they have someone special to eat with, too.”

The more than 400 people attending the breakfast included the students, who number 236 at Lincoln, she said.

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“That, to me, is a great turnout for our percentage of kids,” she said, noting attendance averaged one person per child. “… to fill that place just says a lot for Lincoln families and their support of their kids. It’s a good team-building event, family-building event for us.”

Schmidt said this type of event is important to do.

“For us, once a Lion (the school mascot) always a Lion," she said. "... our families are all important to us and so having our family come and attend and be part of their kid’s school day or the start of the day, it just is a great way to send a message that these kids matter. All of us in the lives of these kids matter to make this a safe and loving place for kids to be.”

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